See? This is why I never really bought into that 'Mobb Deep is breaking up' bullsh!t. Given 20 years together, brothers are gonna fight. But brothers are gonna work it out! Now... watch 'em work it out on stage. Prodigy and Havoc doing the damn thing at their 20th Anniversary Tour Show in Chicago. Above: Footage of the duo doing some of their hits in front of an enthusiastic Chi-town crowd at The Double Door. - Ojones1
Ballin' at the ball game... courtside... BAWSE! Rick Ross and his son take in game 2 of the Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls game 2 of the NBA Playoffs. Ultimate gift: Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat gives Ross' son the shoes he wore in the game! That makes it a rather historic & special event for a young kid I'm sure he'll never forget. As the series heads back to Miami tomorrow with the team up 3-1 on the Chicago Bulls it looks like my favorite team the Miami Heat are closer to another historic run for an NBA Championship. Let's go HEAT! #TEAMHEAT
Over the last three years, we've seen "the" mixtape or album that comes from "the" new artist that is supposed to "the" next artist that everybody either clamors to work with or sound like. One year it was Wiz Khalifa with Kush & OJ. Another year it was Kendrick Lamar with Section.80. Year after that it was A$AP Rocky with Live. Love. ASAP. Hell, it may be a stretch, but you can probably throw Meek Mill's Dreamchasers up in there too.
In 2013 (so far) that distinction is going to Chicago's Chance the Rapper. Dude's voice cuts through the speakers in a way that you know one of his songs when you hear it, almost instantly. He's also a new cat that actually has some shit to say, and in a new way.
Songs like "Pusha Man" approach Chicago's violence problem in way that lets the listener know that the people who are living in it are probably more scared of their surroundings that people who watch the news in horror. Let the track ride all the way out by the way...
Another thing to appreciate about this project, as well as his previous effort 10 Day is that dude writes songs, not just make them. He performs his songs in the booth similar to how Kendrick does. Some critics are already comparing this to Kanye's The College Dropout. Tracks like "Cocoa Butter Kisses" featuring Twista, the Willie Hutch "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" sampling "Lost" and the Slum Village-inspired "Everybody's Something" show flashes...but let's let this thing breath before we bury it in too many comparisons. Dude is capable of carving his own niche, so let's sit back and enjoy watching him do it.
Magic Slim, the American blues guitarist and leading figure in the Chicago blues scene, has died aged 75.
Slim had more than 30 albums to his credit since releasing his debut, Born On a Bad Sign, in 1977.
"There's probably not another bluesman who had quite the repertoire that Slim had," said his manager, Martin Salzman.
Slim died in hospital in Philadelphia where he was being treated for various ailments, Mr Salzman confirmed.
Born Morris Holt to Mississippi farmers in August 1937, Slim gave up the piano and turned to guitar after losing a finger in a cotton gin accident when he was 13.
He made his first trip to Chicago in 1955, starting off as the bass player for a friend and mentor known as Magic Sam, who allowed the younger musician to take his nickname.
Slim cut his first single, Scufflin, in 1966 and became a Chicago blues fixture in his own right, developing a guitar style that blended a distinct vibrato with a slide-guitar-like sound formed with his bare fingers against the strings.
The guitarist was recognised as much for his powerful, gruff vocals as his musicianship and was known for playing with picks on both the thumb and index finger of his right hand.
A heavy smoker who suffered from emphysema and heart problems, he cut short a tour with his band, the Teardrops, in late January, Mr Salzman said.
While Slim lived in recent years with his family in Nebraska, "Chicago was always like home to him," his manager said.BB
New York - February 9, 2013 - The senselessness of the gun violence epidemic has caused radio show hosts to discuss this topic with great passion and urgency. Radio and television personality, Steve Harvey, Michael Baisden and Brooklynn Sunn have all voiced with great compassion a call to stop the assault on the children of America. "Stop it!," says Brooklynn of Raw Talk with Brooklynn Sunn (WRN Radio) as she preludes a moment of silence for the latest victim of gun violence, Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old teen who lived on the South Side of Chicago before being gunned down by an unknown assailant. "There is no sense to this and we have to stop it, now." In her Hey, Young World segment, Brooklynn Sunn is one of the latest that used her show to speak out about the subject of youth and adults taking responsibility for their actions and realizing that making better choices is key. Many blame the recent rash of gun deaths on the ease by which guns are available to criminals and youth. While others focus on the issues that plague urban communities like poor quality of education, high unemployment and illiteracy. Whatever the disagreement there is a consensus among entertainers, politicians and the media alike that something needs to be done now. For more information and updates on Brooklynn Sunn and her commitment to ending gun violence, follow her on Twitter @brooklynnsunn.
Chicago film maker Braden Wambach proudly offers this exposť of his city's underground urban music scene entitled "A Night in the Underground." The documentary film follows Chi-town underground notables - including Pugz Atomz, The Primeridian, Philip Morris, and Ang 13. Shout out to my folks over at Bad Magics for hipping me to this trip.
BJ The Chicago Kid has some great music that I've been occasionally going back to over the last year like his "Good Good Love" collabo with rap artist Rapsody & my favorite "Good Luv'n" off of his "Pineapple Now-Laters" project. With that said it's a good thing he's not one of these artists that's been constantly throwing out disposable material on the internet every day of the week. His label reps over at Motown are claiming that this new joint "Honey" produced by B!nk is his official first single.† Right away when I peeped that producer & singer/songwriter combination I knew this joint was gonna sound good & I wasn't disappointed. Nice little nods lyrically to Aaliyah's hit record 'Rock The Boat' & the Bee Gee's heavily sampled 1979 classic 'Love You Inside Out'.